Ceres or “Summer” (Gobelins). Woven after cartoons by Claude Audran le Jeune (1658-1734). This magnificent tapestry is from the “Portieries of the Gods” series originally commissioned from Claude Audran III in 1699.
After a painting by baron François Gérard (French, 1770–1837). Portrait of Napoleon I, designed 1805, woven 1808–11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1943 (43.99) | In 1808, Napoleon ordered the imperial tapestry works to execute a woven copy of his favorite portrait, aligning himself with the royal tradition of tapestry patronage that extends back to the Middle Ages. #tapestrytuesday